If you – like us – love to drink your food, there are generally two ways to go about it: blending or juicing. You’ve probably already tried both and most likely, liked them both. They’re both great methods of drinking your raw, fresh nutrition and each has their own perks and drawbacks.
Remember that these two methods aren’t mutually exclusive – getting your nutrition through both is much more holistic than sticking to just one option. Used together, fresh juices and smoothies sort of balance each other out, with one filling in the blanks that the other one misses.
Read more about the benefits of both juicing and blending below!
Juicers extract, blenders deconstruct
Duh, you say. Apart from being the most obvious difference, it’s also the reason why juices and smoothies each have unique benefits.
Fiber, Smoothies = Fiber
A juicer extracts liquid nutrition from vegetables and fruits and leaves the fiber behind. This absence of the bulky fiber is the main difference between juices and smoothies.
For juices, the lack of fiber makes it incredibly easy to consume huge amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables in one go. This is beneficial when you’re drinking vegetables that are low in calories and sugar, but can quickly exceed your recommended sugar dose when you juice fruit.
Blending, on the other hand, simply breaks up the fiber to make it slightly easier for digestion, but gives us all the fiber that we would get from eating whole fruits and vegetables. Powerful blenders break fiber at the cellular levels, which releases the phytochemicals that were bound up in it. Blending is especially awesome if rigorous chewing is not your forte and you don’t normally take the time to extract all this goodness from your fruits and veggies.
Also, the fact that smoothies still have all their fiber intact makes them filling – which means you will probably become too full to drink your way to sugary excess. The fiber also releases the sugars slowly, making it easier for your body to process and absorb the sugar.
Tip: When you want to drink your fruit, smoothies are the way to go.
One is easier to digest than the other
Blenders sort of chew your food for you before you get to it, which is why smoothies are easier to digest than actual food. Juices, however, require pretty much no digestion. And this is, in our opinion, the main benefit of juicing over blending.
Fresh vegetable juices gives your body heaps of essential nutrients and enzymes while allowing the body to take a break from digestion. Removing fiber from the picture means that you can flood your body with nutritious goodness fast and easy – thus giving yourself a boost of energy – without the digestive processes that weigh and slow you down.
Tip: Opt for a glass of fresh and healthy juice first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach. It provides a boost of nutrition and a burst of energy for a conquer the world kind of morning.
Quick Summary of Juicing Benefits
- Can quickly consume huge amounts of veggies
- Practically no digestion necessary
- Nutrients in juices hit the bloodstream pretty much immediately (10 – 15 minutes)
- Makes it easy to drink vegetables you might not yet be comfortable with (like these super powerful greens for hardcore juicers)
- Makes leftover pulp you can do fun stuff with!
- This one is more personal, but it’s been true for us as well as with other juicers we know: the results from juicing come faster. By this, we’re referring broadly to vegetable juices and specifically to green juices. With juices, you can see your skin start to glow and feel a sort of lightness and energy in your body – and it all happens fairly quickly.
Quick Summary of Blending Benefits
- Retains fiber, which is great for your body
- The fiber content allows a slower release of sugar, so if you’re going to drink fruits – opt for the blender
- The fiber also fills you up – great for a quick meal replacement
- The best thing about blending, on our opinion, is all the fun and healthy stuff you can add to it – spirulina, bee pollen, and heaps of other must-have superfood supplements!
- This one refers to machinery: it is much easier to clean and maintain a blender. We’ll drink to that.